Speaker of the Month, Lila Sedlak of North Versailles Township 150th Anniversary Committee, gave an update on the NVT 150th Anniversary Celebration and a brief history of North Versailles Township.
Thanks to all EABA members who donated gifts to Catherine’s Charities.
November 7 – Deb Sawchak
January 9 – Candy Whitney
February 6 -Steve Bannister
March 6 – Karen Edwards
April 3 – Ron Yocca
2018-2019 EABA Officers
2018-2019 Board Members
Stephen Bannister *new*
Ron Yocca *new*
Special thanks to the EABA Members who donated:
Data Matrix – Gift Basket
Parkview Community Federal Credit Union – $50 Gift Card Basket Roxanne Eichler – Jewelry
Hadad Services, Inc. – Upholstering Cleaning ($200 value)
Lea’s Floral – Silk Floral Arrangement
Eastern Area Prehospital Care – Special Gift
Generation Stoneworks – Yard Sign ($325 value)
Whitney Construction – Gift Basket
Bill Meighan (Allstate Insurance) – Autographed James Conner Bobble Head
Barb Logan (Howard Hanna Real Estate) – $50 donation
Cher Ban Tire – Automotive Repair Certificate ($200 value)
Andrea Graziano (Avon) – Christmas Bundle ($150 value)
E. Henigan Studios – $50 cash for Money Tree
YADCO Music – Guitar
Rich Catalano – Blue Knob Golf Package ($500 value)
Tony Verrico Insurance – Drew’s Gift Certificate
HR Solutions for Small Businesses – Forbes Bouquet Painting
East McKeesport Borough – $100 cash for Money Tree
Christina Gusky (PNC Bank North Versailles) – Gift Basket – Sweets/Treats
K. Terry Carskaddan – Dinner Plates
Point Pleasant – Something Special
Eastland Storage – 1 month Rental
Cathy Denorsek, Bankers Life – Fall Centerpiece + $20 Hub Gift Certificate
Priority One EMS/Sandin Home Health – Gift Basket
Broadstreet Bistro – 2 tickets to Phoenix Movie and $25 Broadstreet Bistro
Mom Alford, Movement Mortgage – $50 Donation for Money Tree
Fran Vislay – Bag of AHNI & Zoe Crafting Items ($105 value)
Fran Vislay – Little Bo Peep & Cinderella Plate ($65 value)
Fran Vislay – Music Boxes ($60 value)
Fran Vislay – Stanley Fuller – Fiesta Fuller Spin Mop ($70 value)
Deb Sawchak – Charity Hat Box ($115 value)
Catherine’s Foundation – Christmas Wreath and $60 Lottery Tickets
This is EABA election day. Ballots will be given to paid Members to cast their vote for the 2018-2019 Board Members. All Board positions are open. Dan Yadesky has taken names of Members who are interested in Becoming a member of the Board. Those names have been included on the ballot.
The June meeting will be an open Forum. Time for members to “TOOT YOUR OWN HORN!'”
September 5, 2018 Speaker
Mr. Sal Aloe, Executive Director
Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School in Wilmerding
Student of the Month Info
The program will resume in October 2018. Any EABA Member who would like to be a luncheon sponsor should call Andrea @ 412-956-2826.
Over the years, The East Allegheny Business Association has depended on the members generosity and support of the Autumn Auction to fund the Annual Scholarship Awards.
YOUR DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Member Dues 2018-2019
Our new cycle starts July 1, 2018. The updated membership form is on
the back of the newsletter.
EABA 2017 – 2018 OFFICERS
President • Roxanne Sakoian Eichler
Vice President • Dan Yadesky
Secretary •Morgan McCallistef
Treasurer • Andrea M. Graziano
2017-2018 EABA BOARD MEMBERS
[ All members are up for election on June 6, 2018. ]
Babs Sefaine will speak about Small Business and The Disadvantaged, Overview and Business Service
Powerful social-media trends affecting both users and brands are strengthening and accelerating.
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In the past year, a number of significant stories involved social media: Facebook lured Snapchat users to Instagram, the president of the United States communicated official policy positions in 140 characters and Apple announced plans to alter the way we interact with our mobile devices.
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Thank you to our members who came through once again! The Auction was a BIG SUCCESS with total bids coming in at an amazing, $1,600!
That amount was exactly the total we give to the students. The East Allegheny Business Association. has the best members!
Get in the holiday spirit and check out these local attractions!
POSTED BY JEREMY IN EXPLORE – DiscoverTheBurgh.com
Don’t miss this month’s meeting with guest speaker Bill Flanagan.Bill is Executive VP/Chief Public Affairs Officer for Allegheny Conference Development. His topic will be, “How Big Business Hiring Affects Smaller Businesses.”
Member of the Month
Student of the Month
Jessica Diane Stevenson
Parents: Lori and Rick Stevenson
Student of the Month Sponsors
We still need two more sponsors for February 7 and March 7. Please contact Andrea if you are interested.
By: LINDSAY CRAIG,
Summer vacation is in full swing, but for a lot of students, that means four months of under-employment or sometimes even unemployment. It seems funny to think that so many students expect to graduate and land their dream job, and yet in the summers preceding it they toil away at minimum wage jobs and illegal internships. [read more]
Focus on adding specific elements to your life that will not only bring you positive and lasting results, but are also enjoyable in and of themselves.
By: HARRISON MONARTH, CONTRIBUTOR
Executive Coach, New York Times bestselling Author, Leadership Development Consultant
John Graff, President & CEO of Priory Hospitality Group
TOPIC: John discussed acquisition of Westinghouse Castle and plans for boutique hotel, events center, and restaurant.
Stacey Etherson of HR Solutions
Topic: “The New Overtime Regulations” – Something all businesses need to hear.
Join us Sunday, October 16 for our eighth annual Autumn Auction. Proceeds will support the EABA Scholarship Fund.
- Tell your Employees!
- Invite your family and friends to come join us!
- Steelers at Miami Dolphins Watch NFL games on Large Screen TV
- Party on the outside patio
- EABA Sandwich of the Day: Italian hoagie, fries, and soft drink
- EABA Wing-Ding: famous wings, fries, and soft drink
- EABA Drink of the Day
- EABA Beer of the Day
- Bucket of Beer
- Silent Auction – Always a great assortment of prizes!
1025 Broad St.
2:00 p.m. until dusk
Auction Closes at 5:00 p.m.
June 2016 EABA Member of the Month
2000 Donner Street
McKeesport, PA. 15135-1204
Fax: (412) 754-6070
Joseph L. Castagnola, President
Generation Stoneworks wants to take this opportunity to introduce our new name to our friends in the East Allegheny Business Community.
Generation Stoneworks is a natural stone fabricator and supplier, specializing in Indiana Limestone.
Founded in 1988 by owner Joe Castagnola and Rose (his lovely wife), Generation Stoneworks has been entrusted to supply countless custom stone projects throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. Generation Stoneworks success is based on design and fabrication expertise that ensures a quality crafted stone product that adds architectural character and value to any commercial, residential or institutional project. Sound business applications based on family values have allowed our company to transition into 2nd generation leadership with Joe’s son Joe taking over as president of the company in 2016. For more information on what types of masonry projects we can serve or to visit our facility in the Boston section of Elizabeth Township, contact Joe Castagnola at 412-751-4900. Our new website generationstoneworks.com is under construction and will be completed soon. Please go there to see highlights of past projects.
If you should happen to be in the Boston area, please stop by and say “hi.” There is always a pot of coffee on – we would enjoy spending time with you!
Congratulations on being the June 2016 Member of the Month!
The last meeting of the year has held Wednesday, June 1. Oure guest speaker was Bill Flanagan, Executive VP / Chief Public Affairs Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Bill spoke on the Pittsburgh’s region current economic state and the future outlook for our economy and the quality of life in our region.
Please make note on the site….. Next meeting is September 7, 2016; Autumn Auction is Sunday, Oct 16th at The Broadway Bistro; 2pm – 5pm….. more details to follow in Sept.
Amanda Messmer, Liberty Mutual
Mom Preap Alford, Reliance First Capital
The EABA Membership year is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. If your dues have not been paid for that period, please remit as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that our Membership Dues, the Autumn Auction and periodic donations made to the Scholarship Fund are the main and sometimes only financial support East Allegheny Business Association receives.
We appreciate all of our wonderful members and our reputation for having the best association around!
Tai-State Development, Inc.
Rachel Estates LLP
Owners: Ron Yocca, Manager | Lisa Bowley
Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin (RET.)
TOPIC: She will share a message that will inspire and empower the students for years to come.
S T U D E N T O F T H E M O N T H
(Students listed by month presented)
Student: Adam Bannister
Luncheon Sponsor: Deborah Sawchak, Home Buyers Marketing II
Student: Annastatia Nicole Eichler
Luncheon Sponsor: Donna Padezan, NPV Productions
Student: Gillian Saccameno
Luncheon Sponsor: Elaine Henigan, E.Henigan Studios
Student: Jansen Simone
Luncheon Sponsor: Susan Blake, Priority One
Student: Justin B.Welch
Luncheon Sponsor: Barbara Gardonis-Sandin Home Health
Student: Miranda Lynne Smith
Luncheon Sponsor: Karen Hadad Edwards, Hadad Services, Inc.
Please join us at the May meeting to honor these exceptional young adults.
NOTE: All Luncheon Sponsors are to attend
When: Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 12:00 noon
Menu: Delicious Luncheon
Cost : $12.00
RSVP: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
North Versailles Tactical Response Team
Travis Pomaibo, Chris Kelly & Tom Nee
Justice Cynthia Baldwin (retired)
Bill Flanagan. Exec. VP/Chief
Public Affairs Officer Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Terry & Shari James
Anthony & Sue Bazzo
The Lincoln Highway Hub
Taylor Lee, Director
North Versailles Public Library
TOPIC: Update on the programs and changes that have taken place in the last few years.
October 2015 Deborah Sawchak – Homes for Heroes
November 2015 Donna Padezan – NPV Productions
January 2016. E. Henigan Studios’
February 2016 Susan Blake – Priority 1
March 2016. Barbara Gardonis – Sandin Home Health Care
April 2016 Karen Hadad Edwards
May 2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Margaret “Peggy” Bianchi has chosen to close the doors on New Steps Rehab BUT anyone who knows her also is aware that if she closes one, she opens another. Peggy will continue the Pilates classes under Inner Strength Yoga, in the Rita’s Plaza.
She was a Board Member of EABA from 1999 – 2002, and she believed in the Student of the Month program. Peggy was adamant about the criteria needed and she introduced the importance of the G.P.A. and Class Rank for the students to share with the Board in 2000. Most of the Board said it was a great idea, a few wanted to think about it and one “little grey haired lady” asked WHY. (I think she is still on the board)!!
Our good wishes go to Peggy and we hope she knows there is always an open invitation for her to attend our EABA meetings.
Richard’s presentation centered around new changes to the tax code and filing your taxes.
East Allegheny Business Association welcomes all businesses, big and small. We have been told by members and guests that EABA is one of the best luncheon meetings they have ever attended–great fellowship and good food. The membership dues are affordable at $50 for the year. The EABA year is from July 1 thru June 30. We have maintained the $50 fee since 2011.
Our Annual Scholarship Awards are presented to six East Allegheny seniors at the May meeting. The funds for the awards are made possible due to the generosity of our members and friends who donate the best items for the Autumn Auction held in October. Thank you to all.
Richard J. Catalano, P.C.
Attorney at Law
What’s New With Taxes
Mr. Catalano always adds his personal touch and humor to the dreaded word “taxes!”
There was no member of the month for January. The December meeting was informal and the members were enjoying each other and the delicious meal. So was the “Lady” at the sign-in table and she forgot all about the business cards (that would be me)!!
We will have the drawing at the January meeting for the February Member of the Month.
Andrea Graziano, Editor
Geo Search Seo & Responsive Websites
Specialist Bonnie Sopko
Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home
Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania
Bankers Life & Casualty
Representative – Cathy Dernorsek
Susan Blake and Barbara Gardonis
Sandin Home Health Care
TOPIC: Learn that you have choices for you and your loved ones’ care and insurance coverage.
To the EABA MEMBERS for donating the Great Gifts for our 7th Autumn Auction and to the members and friends who did the bidding. That is when the fun really starts. Our Scholarship Awards are possible due to your generosity.
Richard J. Catalano,PC
James F. Kutch, Funeral Home
East Hills Cabinet
Grandview Cemetery Assoc.
Point Pleasant Ind.Ret.Community
Cathy Dernorsek,Mary Kay Cosmetics
Borough of East McKeesport
Priority One/Sandin Health Care
Five Star Storage
First Niagara Bank
Parkview Community FCU
Roxanne SAKOIAN Eichler,ESQ.
The Prada Company,Inc.
All State Ins.-Bill Meighan
Howard Hanna-Barbara Logan
Andrea Graziano-Ind.Avon Sls.
By: Daniel Ally, Contributor
Self-Made Millionaire & Business Expert
I hear people giving financial advice all the time. Most of them aren’t rich.
Those who are rich would disagree with what many charlatans preach. The other day, I came across an article proclaiming, “Skip your lunch, don’t buy expensive coffee, cut your hair less often.” This is a horrendous way to live your life and it promotes poverty. It’s smart to be thrifty, but you don’t want to be cheap. You should never do anything that will deprive you from your joy.
[ Read the full article on entrepreneur.com ]
There are lots of fun things to do and see this time of year. Check out this Pittsburgh Holiday Event listing on EventBrite.com: Pittsburgh Holiday Events
Enjoy the photo from the November 2015 EABA Meeting. Shown below, in order from left to right is: November Student of the Month Lunch Sponsor, Donna Padezan of NPV Productions; November 2015 Student of the Month, Anastasia Noelle Eichler; Roxanne Eichler, EABA President and Carl Krzywiec of DataMatrix Systems, Inc. November 2015 Speaker of the Month.
|October 2015||Deb Sawchak|
|November 2015||Donna Padezan, NPV|
|January 2016||E. Henigan Studios|
|February 2016||Susan Blake, Priority 1|
|March 2016||Barb Gardonis, Sandin H.H.|
|May 2016||Scholarship Awards – all sponsors to attend.|
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By: Justine Coyne, Reporter
Pittsburgh Business Times
April 1, 2015
8:30am – 11:00am
Scholarship Awards Meeting
May 6, 2015
March Speaker of the Month: Dan Busatto, Insurance Broker & Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist
TOPIC: He will share with you things you need to know and what to look for in your Individual, Group and Medicare Insurance.
- Future Speakers
- April: Officer Norm Locke and Canine Officer Laky
- May: John Sakoian, Owner/Founder Command Excellence Commercial Safety in Workplace
John Graf, President and CEO of Priory Hospitality Group spoke of his plans to transform the Westinghouse Castle into a boutique hotel and banquet center.
Bill Flanagan, Executive VP of Corporate Relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development was our October 2014 Speaker of the Month. Bill is also host of Our Region’s Business on WPXI-TV.
Kathy Svila, known locally as “The Shop n Save Lady” was our September Speaker of the Month. Kathy is well known for her energy and has appeared and hosted many Pittsburgh based and national programs for almost 25 years.
Kathy is currently with the CTVN television program Sister-2-Sister.The cast of Sister-2-Sister attended our September meeting.
EABA Student of the Month 2013-2014
Congratulations First Place Award Winner, Will Marshall!
Joseph F. Markosek, State Representative
25th Legislative District
Allegheny and Westmoreland counties
For more information visit: http://www.pahouse.com/markosek/
Jennifer Parco , Director
Pediatria HealthCare, LLC
Day Care Center for Special Needs Children-ages birth to 8 years
For more information visit: http://www.pediatriakids.com
ATTENTION: DATE CHANGE!
Don’t miss the EABA monthly meeting on May 7 with special guest speaker, Jeff Tobe, M.Ed. Certified Speaking Professional. He is a well known speaker across the United States. With his high energy, high humor & high content style, he walks his audiences through a session they will never forget!
Seminar starts with a buffet breakfast at 8:30am.
Regular meeting starts at Noon.
Find out more about Jeff by visiting: Jeff Tobe | Premiere Motivational Speakers Bureau
~ FIFTH Annual ~
Sunday, October 6, 2013
2:00 p.m. until Dusk
Boston Waterfront Restaurant
2422 St. David Drive
Auction closes at 5 p.m.
Come out and support EABA and the EABA Scholarship Fund!
Student of The Month
Joshua R. Strawins
Rachel E. Ramsey
Hussien “Ali” Stewart
Anthony M. Swidorsky
Congratulations and best wishes in your future endeavors!
Student of the Month
(Students listed by month presented)
October 2012 – Krista Sudyk
November 2012 – Jordan Loya
January 2013 – Joshua R. Strawins
February 2013 – Hussein “Ali” Steward
March 2013 – Rachel E. Ramsey
April 2013 – Anthony M. Swidorsky
First Place – $600
Second Place – $400
Honorable Mention – Four $250 Awards
Good luck to all! Please join us at the May meeting to honor these fine, young adults.
These businesses will treat the above students to lunch on this special day:
October 2012 – New Steps Rehab
November 2012 – Richard J. Catalano, Attorney
January 2013 – Andrea Graziano, Avon Sales
February 2013 – Parkview Community FCU
March 2013 – DataMatrix Systems, Inc.
April 2013 – Kutch Funeral Home
A special thank you to all who participated in the Autumn Auction. Due to your generosity, the EABA was able to increase the awards by $1,000.
Tom McGough, a former Major League Pitcher with the Cleveland Indians and host/producer of the nationally syndicated Sports Week Television program and Motivational Speaker will join us as guest speaker for the May meeting. Mr. McGough was recently inducted into the East Boros Sports Hall of Fame. Presently, he is a Master School Board Member with the Plum School District and the Sales Manager for Cornerstone Television. He has a wealth of information to share with the students, their families and the EABA members.
Nancy Miller, Health Care Reform Leader at Highmark
The Affordable Care Act and it’s impact on small businesses.
Writing for Impact Breakfast Seminar
(Full breakfast buffet)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
200 Bridge Street
Wilmerding, PA 15148
Dr. Harriet Franklin, President of Franklin Communications
$40.00/person or $35.00/person for 3 or more
March 6, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (full payment due)
Writing well is critical today. In a recent survey, CEO’s and executives of 120 companies were asked, “What is the most important skill you look for when promoting managers and employees?” Almost 100% responded “communication skills” and writing was close to the top. In this seminar you will learn:
- The 12 most persuasive and demotivating words in the English language.
- How to write powerful and persuasive emails, proposals, presentations, and letters that successfully sell you, your ideas, products or services every time.
- How to use the Fishing Model to write creative and colorful cover letters and resumés that capture the attention of the reader, leading to the interview and perhaps the job?
- How to write negative message, complaints and disagreements positively, so that the readers will accept the message easily.
Seminar is open to all Business Leaders, EABA Members and their employees. You will receive a comprehensive handout with immediate take-home value.
Don’t miss out on this learning opportunity!
EABA Annual Scholarship Award
First Place – $400.00
Second Place – $200.00
Honorable Mention – 4 Awards at $100.00
EABA would like to thank February’s guest speaker, State Senator James R. Brewster, of the 45th Congressional District.
Senator Jim Brewster with EABA President, Roxanne Eichler, Esq.
Dan Yadesky, VP; Senator Brewster; Colin Humphrey, Student of the Month; Roxanne Eichler, President
Senator Jim Brewster and EABA Board Members
PA has enacted new collection system for the employee wage tax (Act 32). Generally it’s 1% or so as stipulated by your local municipality. In most cases, individuals would pay that directly to their local tax collection agency…. Keystone, PAMS, etc. Starting Jan 1, 2012, employers are responsible for witholding the tax from employees paychecks and submitting the witholding to the assigned collection agency. In our region Keystone Collection Group is the designated agency.
Keystone will be used by most, if not all, of the EABA members:
The PA web site that provides specifics to Act 32: